Good morning, a band of more organised snow over parts of Scotland, northern England and Wales will continue south westwards this morning.
I supposed what little snow we’ve had in Herefordshire must be disorganised snow, unlike the disciplined, organised, elite snow now approaching Scotland and northern England.
UK weather forecast: ‘Worst YET TO COME’ as snow band expected to bring CHAOS across UK
There’s a band of Siberian air moving west over the UK at the moment, and it’s been dubbed “the Beast from the East.” That’s quite an imaginative name for a piece of weather. By contrast a low pressure area off Portugal has been named “Emma” by the Portuguese met office. Couldn’t they have been a bit more imaginative and called it “Count Dracula” or “Cruella Deville” or something? For the two are due to collide over southern England this weekend, causing what I can only suppose will be some very highly organised snow.
Pat Buchanan, writing about Donald Trump:
Trump, he [Frank Cannon] writes, “would more accurately be described as a ‘radical anti-progressive’” who is “at war with the progressives who have co-opted American civil society.”
Moreover, Trump “is willing to go further than any other previous conservative to defeat them.”
Many “elite conservatives,” writes Cannon, believe the “bedrock institutions” they treasure are “not subject to the same infectious politicization to which the rest of society has succumbed.”
This belief is naive, says Cannon, “ridiculous on its face.”
“Radical anti-progressives” recognize that many institutions — the academy, media, entertainment and the courts — have been co-opted and corrupted by the left. And as these institutions are not what they once were, they no longer deserve the respect they once had.
And following on from yesterday’s post, add the medical profession as well.
But is Trump really a ‘radical anti-progressive’? If he was he’d surely be taking on Tobacco Control, and rolling back smoking bans. And he’d smoke a pipe. And Melania would smoke cigars. Instead it’s only Ivanka who smokes cigarettes, and she’s supposed to be fairly progressive.
No. Surely Donald Trump drank the progressive kool-aid a long time ago. He doesn’t touch tobacco or alcohol. He doesn’t even drink coffee. What sort of anti-progressive is that? Donald Trump is a puzzle. He’s a mass of contradictions.
Which reminds of something Victor Davis Hanson said about 3 minutes into the following clip:
“One other statement before I go to the mythologies, this.. it had a lot to do with class. I know people say, “How can Trump be a populist, he’s a billionaire?” But he was billionaire in a way that offended the sensibilities of the coastal corridors, maybe it was the orange hair or skin, or the Queens’ accent, or his personal tastes and appetites, but whatever it was people of the elite did not like him for class reasons, because you would talk to conservatives and you would look at his agenda, and it was pretty conservative, and they’d say “Well, he doesn’t believe it, or he was a Democrat,” but they applied a different standard to him that was inexplicable other than they had a class disdain for what he represented.”
That was what I thought, and at the time compared it to someone like Michael Caine becoming British Prime Minister. VDH again, 14 minutes into another video.
“I talked to a New York developer once, and he called me and said, “You know, I watch from my tower… And I see Donald Trump. And it is true that he deviates from his planned walk when he gets out of his limo and he goes and talks to cement people. And I see people clapping that are on construction sites. So whatever he is, it’s genuine that people like him.” And I thought about that. When Hillary was telling the coal miners they had to learn how to build solar panels, he was using the first person plural pronoun “our”. I never heard a candidate in history say “our miners”, “our farmers”, “our soldiers”. Nobody told him to do that.”
That reminds of reading, shortly after he’d announced his candidacy, about Trump talking to a hot dog stall owner somewhere in NYC, and asking him how business was doing. And maybe Trump had just bought a hot dog, and was eating it. He knew these people. He was one of them. He’d grown up with them. He liked them, and they liked him. The same could never be said about Hillary Clinton, or more or less any other machine politician.
And I’m anti-progressive. I’m not against progress that just happens unplanned. Like railways. Cars. Radios. TVs. It’s when people start planning the future, what it’s going to be like, what they want it to be like, what they’re going to make people do, that I invariably revolt against it. It’s progressives of that kind that I detest, with their elaborate plans for everyone. Am I a radical anti-progressive? Perhaps I am that too: I hate all their schemes, all their plans. And if Donald Trump is a radical anti-progressive, he’s not radical enough. Or not yet.